January 14, 2013
TO: Men’s and Women’s Head Track and Field Coaches and Conference Commissioners.
FROM: John McNichols, chair
NCAA Men’s and Women’s Track and Field/Cross Country Rules Committee
Bob Podkaminer, secretary-rules editor
NCAA Men’s and Women’s Track and Field/Cross Country Rules Committee.
SUBJECT: Rules change comment period.
The NCAA Men’s and Women’s Track and Field/Cross Country Rules Committee approved a rules change during its teleconference on January 8, 2013. As you know, this is not a year in which any other rules will change, but the committee is asking institutions to implement this change by December 1, 2013. The rule change is as follows:
Pole Vault Box Padding. A pole vault box collar, which is a device used to offer protection to pole vaulters in and around a pole vault box, shall be in place not later than December 1, 2013. The device must meet the most current ASTM Specification Standard, F2949, and can be incorporated into the design of the pole vault box or a padding addition to an existing pole vault box.
Rationale: To provide as much padding around fixed and solid objects as possible to absorb a possible impact.
Before this rule is implemented, it must be approved by the Playing Rules Oversight Panel (PROP). PROP will review this rules proposal during a teleconference in February. PROP evaluates new rules in terms of negative impact on the image and integrity of the game, safety concerns or financial impact on institutions.
You have the opportunity to give your feedback to PROP about this rule before final approval is granted. To share your opinion with the NCAA, please go to the following link:http://fs.ncaa.org/Docs/ui/forms/playin ... ox_Padding
Please register your comments by Friday, February 1st. Thank you for your time and attention to this request.